SEC to Unveil New List of Probable TON investors

One investor in this list is a ex-member of the managing board of the Bitcoin Foundation and partner of Ribbit Capital Mayer Malka
27 January 2020   479

Some names of large investors and the names of investment companies that could take part in the $ 1.7 billion token sale of the Telegram blockchain project became known, CoinDesk reportes with reference to documents issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the framework of the current proceedings.

One such investor is a former member of the managing board of the Bitcoin Foundation and partner of Ribbit Capital, Mayer Malka. He during the testimony at the beginning of the month mentioned Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

Answering a question about whether Telegram is known for investors who can take on the role of validators in the TON PoS blockchain, Durov said:

We didn't put together a separate list of the purchasers who we would assume have experience in validating other networks, although it was obvious that certain investors… such as, for example, Micky Malka that we have discussed earlier, might… have experience in these processes of validation or at least were closely affiliated with parties that had experience in such processes.

 

Pavel Durov

Telegram CEO

In addition, Telegram Vice President Ilya Perekopsky, in one of his reports, named David Jan, the founder of ABBYY, a linguistic solutions development company, among potential investors. According to the correspondence published by the SEC, Ian asked Perekopsky if he could get an allocation in the ICO if he contacted Telegram directly without intermediaries in January 2018. “100 percent,” replied Perekopsky.

Also, TON investors could become the American funds Kleiner Perkins, Fortress, Draper Dragon, Dragoneer, DRW Holdings and Redpoint. This follows from the testimony declarations affixed by the SEC to the recent petition. In eight declarations, TON investors explain what prompted them to purchase Gram tokens. Company names have been removed from all documents, but they have remained in the file names. Sources familiar with the situation confirm that they really could take part in the ICO.

Most of the witnesses interviewed by the SEC indicated that they were interested in the possibility of supporting the Telegram project in the ICO TON, while the messenger itself does not accept funding for its main business. The announced investment amounts are on average $ 5-10 million. At the same time, Kleiner Perkins was initially offered an allocation of $ 15 million, but the company managed to agree on a twice as large investment, it follows from the submitted documents.

SEC to Accuse Opporty International in Illegal ICO

The company had sold $600k worth OPP Tokens, which are being considered by the watchdog as an unregistered securities
22 January 2020   440

The US SEC claims that Opporty International has raised about $ 600,000 from nearly 200 investors in the illegal ICO process, and its founder, Sergey Gribnyak, is accused of conducting a fraudulent initial coin offering process.

According to the US SEC, the blockchain company sold OPP Tokens, which are unregistered securities with digital assets.

The Securities Commission claims that the blockchain company Opporty lied to its users, claiming that their ICO was regulated.

The SEC claims that Opporty has condoned several illegal acts, including the misappropriation of third-party content without endorsement or attribution, to create the false impression that actual users of the platform created this content. Regulators say the defendants falsely told their potential investors that they had “taken on board” the company with more than 6,000 trusted suppliers.

As stated in the SEC complaint, Opporty violated five sections of the Securities and Exchange Act. Regulators are seeking an injunction to allow the company to place digital or other securities. The document also mentions Clever Solution Inc, another business run by Gribnyak, accused of, among other things, extortion.